Opera Italia Los Angeles is ready to present “Opera, Story & Song!” on May 15, 2022.
The showcase will begin with a presentation of arias by composers such as Verdi, Rossini and Mozart, followed by Menotti’s one-act opera “The Telephone”. The performance will also include dinner.
Menotti’s opera conveys the story of Ben and Lucy. Ben wants to propose to Lucy and visits her at her apartment. However, when he can’t get her attention due to their endless phone conversations, Ben is forced to make the only decision he can to get her attention. The opera had its world premiere on February 18, 1947, at the Heckscher Theater in New York City with a cast that included Marilyn Cotlow and Frank Rogier.
The performance will take place at Casa Italia in Los Angeles, California. Audience members will be required to wear masks during the opera. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. local time and the opera will begin at 2 p.m.